Tovita Inspired Cocktail Recipes Created by Absolut Elyx

Here's the truth: We all enjoy a cocktail (or two), especially around the holidays. So let's cut to the chase and discuss how to do it without sugary sodas and syrups. We had some fun with our friends at Absolut Elyx by challenging them to incorporate a list of our favorite superfoods in their cocktails.  We have to say, we are very impressed with what they came up with! After having our friends taste test and vote, the Citrea cocktail was the winner. You will have to try and tell us which is your favorite!

We are not by any means implying that the following cocktails are healthy, or that they have any magical anti-hangover properties. We are just having some fun and taking taking alcohol off of the "things nutritionist don't talk about" list. These are also great cocktail ideas for any holiday parties you may be hosting this season!

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Matcha powder is made from the green tea leaf. By creating a powder, you are able to consume 100% of the antioxidants and benefits from the leaf, rather than just what is steeped outside of the teabag. 

  • 2 oz Elyx
  • 1 oz PANATEA Matcha-infused Plymouth
  • .5 oz Cocoa nib-infused Lillet Blanc
  • Garnish: Lemon oil
  • Served up in a cocktail coupe


We are BEEyond in love with Manuka honey.  It is produced by bees in New Zealand and has anti-bacterial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammation properties. Manuka honey has higher levels of a compound called methylglyoxal than other types of honey. This compound is responsible for the antibiotic effect of Manuka honey that makes it a natural healer.  Did you know that bee pollen is considered one of nature's most nourishing foods? It is 40% protein and contains almost all of the nutrients required by humans. Half of the protein is in the form of free amino acids meaning it can be used directly by the body. 

  • 2 oz Elyx
  • 1 oz Pineapple juice
  • .75 oz Tangerine juice
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Chamomile/Manuka honey syrup
  • 2 dashes Lavender Bitters
  • Garnish: Bee pollen, Lavender frond
  • Served Tall over crushed ice (or as a slushy)


Beet juice contains natural nitrates which increase nitric oxide in blood vessels. This opens up blood vessels to allow more oxygen flow and can help lower blood pressure. Beet juice can actually help you exercise longer due it the increased oxygen flow (not when paired with alcohol!) 

  • 1.5 oz Elyx
  • .5 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • 1.25 oz Beet juice
  • .75 oz Pink Grapefruit juice
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Manuka honey-syrup
  • Garnish: Freshly-grated cinnamon, Rosemary Stick

Banana-Matcha Bowl

Smoothie, smoothie bowl, matcha bowl… whatever you want to call it, we promise you it's really good! This makes for the perfect 4 pm hold-over snack, or serves as a great addition to your morning breakfast. Yes, spinach is among the main ingredients but the frozen banana and vanilla extract combo steal the spotlight. The matcha provides an extra antioxidant boost and a mild caffeine kick to keep you going. Enjoy it in a bowl (feel free to add toppings) or drink it straight from the glass. The choice is yours. 

Ingredients (serves 1):

  1. 1 frozen banana 
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk 
  3. 1 scoop of Panatea's culinary grade matcha (or ceremonial grade!) 
  4. 1 handful spinach (~1/2 cup)
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  6. Dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice blend (from Trader Joe's. Cinnamon also works just fine!) 


  1. Add ingredients to blender or nutribullet, in no particular order.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Enjoy! 

Sitting Down with Jessica Mandelbaum, Co-Founder of PANATEA

Who better to sip matcha lattes with than the queen of matcha herself, Jessica Mandelbaum.  Jess and her husband Dave are the founders of PANATEA, which in our opinion, is the Beyonce of matcha brands. They have successfully made the ancient art of drinking matcha a relevant component of modern culture. So much so, that they have even launched a culinary grade matcha, meant to be used in original recipes and cooking. Here you'll learn why we stand behind the matcha movement and be sure to check out the recipe we concocted when we were left in the kitchen with a can of their new, culinary grade matcha powder. Guess what? Now you can get creative in the kitchen with your own matcha powder! Use the code tovita10 for a 10% discount. We can't wait to see what you come up with!


What led to the creation of PANATEA?

It was really out of necessity. Dave (my husband) and I have always lived generally healthy lifestyles. Coffee doesn't agree with us; it makes me feel jittery and it hurts Dave’s stomach, so we were always looking for healthy alternatives. We randomly discovered matcha here in NYC, at a random spot in Chinatown. We bought a package and started drinking it every morning. It wasn’t high grade matcha and we didn’t have a whisk to make it properly, but we experimented. We loved how it made us feel. Our skin was better and our energy levels were more sustained. We began investigating the market and realized that there was a clear opportunity to create a relatable and approachable matcha brand, with superior quality matcha. And thus, PANATEA was born.

Where and how do you source your matcha?

After teaming up with our Japanese tea master, who has over 20 years of experience, we traveled to Japan together. She guided us through the matcha farms and helped us find the most exquisite tea leaves. It has always been a priority for us to stay true to Japanese culture by not bastardizing the tradition, while still providing a modern spin on the whole process. Matcha has been around since the 12th century. Buddhist monks used to drink it before meditation and Samurai warriors before battle, to help them get in the zone and feel focused energy. PANATEA brings this ancient superfood to the modern healthy consumer.

How does PANATEA compare to conventional green tea? Or coffee?


With matcha, you’re consuming the full leaf. Matcha leaves are hand picked, steamed, dried, and then ground into fine a powder. When you drink conventional green tea, you only consume what’s steeped outside of the tea bag into your water; 10% - 20% of the nutrients depending on the variety and preparation. Whereas, with matcha, you consume 100% of the benefits. It's considered the ultimate superfood because it enhances antioxidant activity, supports metabolism and promotes energy and alertness.

In terms of caffeine, matcha has less caffeine than coffee. It contains about ½ the amount as espresso or ⅓ cup of coffee. It’s digested differently in your system though, giving you 4-6 hours of sustained and focused energy. Matcha also contains amino acids that help to give a calming jitter and no crash!

How else do you use matcha in your diet?

Right now I use our Ceremonial Grade matcha traditionally with water, or make a latte with a nut milk like coconut milk. I also love shaking up matcha with lemonade. It’s a really versatile ingredient too - you can add it to your morning smoothie, yogurt, pancakes, waffles, and even salad dressing. This is where our brand new Culinary Grade matcha really comes in!

What’s in store for PANATEA?

Our Culinary Grade matcha officially comes out this Fall! We actually just gave our community an early look this week though (check it out). We took a survey and found that 90% of customers are using our Ceremonial Grade matcha in their cooking/baking. We therefore decided to source a Culinary Grade matcha geared more toward this type of use. While it has a comparable nutrition profile, the flavor profile is stronger, so it’s better suited for cooking and baking as an ingredient in food, versus drinking it straight. The new white tin is double the size and lower in price too, more ideal for everyday food consumption.

Favorite PANATEA recipe?


I love smoothie bowls. They’re fun to make, they’re pretty, nutrient-dense and delicious! You get a lot of bang for your buck because you can mix in protein, greens, matcha, etc. For these, I use our Culinary Grade matcha, because it's mixed in as ingredient. I also love our matcha waffles.

If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things:

  1. A soma water filter

  2. My phone ( + a MEGA mophie)

  3. My husband, Dave

Food or ingredient you would never touch?


What is it like working with your husband?

The highs are high and the lows are low. It works for us. He handles more of the bigger picture vision and marketing, while I handle more of the day to day operations. I trust and respect that he’s doing a better job at his responsibilities than I could ever do, and vice versa.

Your motto to live by?

The journey is the reward. It’s not always about what's waiting at the end, but rather about enjoying everything along the way and taking away from it whatever you can.

PANATEA is all aboutA Ritual For Life.” This has also become a motto for me personally. It’s important to have a routine for yourself and carve out time to do the things that make you feel good. Part of what differentiates us (aside from quality) is that we encourage you to bring matcha into your own home. We have tons of cafe partners, from Fika to Hu Kitchen, so you can try PANATEA in different forms. But at the end of the day, our goal is for you to be able to make it your own way, in the luxury of your own home. Drink it, shake it, bake it, mix it - we hope you make it a part of your everyday routine.

Lastly, I always say “everything in moderation,” including matcha :)

With all of the amazing recipes PANATEA has to offer, we had to get creative to come up with a matcha recipe with the Tovita touch. What did we come up with?  Matcha breakfast tacos!


matcha breakfast tacos

Ingredients (serves 4):

For tacos:

  • 2 bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 tablespoon of Panatea culinary grade matcha powder (link)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • For cooking- coconut oil or olive oil based cooking spray

For Fillings (get creative!):

  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
  • 1 cup berries
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  1. In a blender, mix together all of the taco ingredients until pancake dough-like consistency. The tacos should be a nice bright green color due to the  matcha powder 
  2. Heat skillet with coconut oil or cooking spray and cook 1-3 tacos at a time to avoid breaking. You should get about 8 tacos from the dough
  3. Spread either nutbutter or greek yogurt (or both!) on the taco, and fill with berries, coconut, chia seeds, or whatever other toppings your heart desires.
  4. Fold and eat like a taco. Enjoy!